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Team ProSource Takes On Superstar QB Kurt Warner



Posted in: Articles by ProSource, Superfeature Articles
By William Kispert | Mar 7, 2009



Warner's Ultimate Football Experience Charity Event the Big Winner

Staring across the line of scrimmage at Kurt Warner'"with a football in his hands during a title game'"is both very scary and extremely exciting.

Kirk Johnson makes game-winning one hand grab on final play of game 2.
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In fact, most athletes only dream about playing against this football superstar, let alone in any kind of "championship game". For some of the guys at ProSource, however, that dream suddenly became a stunning reality on Saturday, March 7, 2009.

The incredible setting was the annual charity event aptly named Kurt Warner's Ultimate Football Experience. And it certainly was.

Held at the Arizona Cardinals state-of-the-art training facility, this celebrity-filled flag football tournament brought 10 corporate-sponsored teams from across America, such as Wal-Mart, Insight, University of Phoenix, Arizona Cardinals, and Joyce Meyer Ministries, to compete for glory on the gridiron with current and former pro football stars. In addition to Kurt, the other pro footballers who gave it their all for this great event were Anquan Boldin, Brian Griese, Brad Johnson, Matt Leinart, Sage Rosenfels, Josh McCowan, Dave Krieg, Rodney Peete and Chris Miller.

To these generous athletes, sponsors and their teams, the Ultimate Football Experience represented the best of both worlds'"the opportunity to play America's favorite game with some of its greatest players'"all in the spirit of giving.

With that, the entire proceeds for this extraordinary event went to some great causes through the First Things First foundation, which is a public charity founded in 2001 by Kurt and Brenda Warner. The Ultimate Football Experience is just one of the many programs within their faith-based, charitable foundation. First Things First is a remarkably worthy organization inspired by the Warner's immense sense of devotion and generosity. Their foundation provides a wide array of community benefits, primarily for children, and has literally helped thousands of underprivileged families over the years.

ProSource's own devotion to supporting charitable causes, combined with its longstanding connections with America's performance-driven athletes, both professional and amateur, made this event a natural fit.

Led by company founder Bob Chinery, the ProSource roster consisted of his son Rob, employees Mike Good, Daniel Collier, Chris Eshelman, brother-in-law Dave Frake, and friends John Amenhauser, Kirk Johnson, and Tom Hagaman. Chinery's younger son, Tommy, also contributed to the effort by coordinating some defensive plays throughout the day.


Catching passes from a Super-Bowl-winning quarterback was an honor to say the least. Not only was he a brilliant quarterback for us, but Brad was a down-to-earth guy and a pleasure to hang out with
While some of the other teams were padded with hardcore former high school and college standouts, most of the players on the ProSource team never even played high school ball. They were, however, well-conditioned individuals whose workout regimens include consistent cardio and weight training protocols. Another major contributing factor to their conditioning is their nutritional regimens, which included some premium supplements such as the bio-active super protein Vectron™ and of course the immensely popular Supreme Protein® bars. In fact, the locker rooms were well stocked with these delicious and super nutritious high-performance bars, courtesy of ProSource, and much to the delight of all in attendance. The pros and amateurs alike gobbled them up faster than a Kurt Warner spiral, especially the new Rocky Road Brownie bar that's taking the country by storm right now. The Supreme bars served as the perfect muscle fuel for the extreme physical output required during this grueling 7-hour day of intense football action.

The formidable format consisted of one full day of football, 28 minutes per game with a 2-minute halftime and a short break at mid-day. No question this particularly fast-paced arrangement would be physically demanding. In fact, one analyst on site likened it to doing approximately 200 to 300 wind sprints, depending on how many games you played in this single-elimination tournament.

"The fun you have out there seems to distract from the physical demands of running sprints all day long," said Bob Chinery. "Even after hours of play, everyone was having so much fun that they just wanted to keep going," he added.

The night before they took the field, each of the 8-player teams drafted one of the aforementioned pro players to serve as their quarterback. The order of the draft was determined by a non-football competition that night at F-1 Race Factory in Tempe. And as it turns out, ProSource prevailed over the other teams to win the event and garner the first pick of the draft. Like the year before (their first year of participation), they chose Brad Johnson to lead their team. And it paid off big-time! Brad delivered again and again with super-accurate, pinpoint passing, veteran leadership and excellent on-the-fly play calling.


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"Catching passes from a Super-Bowl-winning quarterback was an honor to say the least. Not only was he a brilliant quarterback for us, but Brad was a down-to-earth guy and a pleasure to hang out with," said Danny Collier.

Right from the very start of the tournament, this Super Bowl champion (2003) took the lead and instilled a team chemistry and will to win that helped raise everyone's level of play on both sides of the ball, including an outstanding overall effort by several of the teams key players, such as John Amenhauser.

"I'm really proud of all our guys. Everyone really pulled their weight, making plays, staying consistent and working together as a team. Brad was a fantastic leader and an extremely accurate passer. We would never have gotten as far as we did without him. His pinpoint precision from 40 or 50 yards away was just incredible. We literally didn't even have to be open for him to rocket the ball into our hands from the opposite end of the field. He just seems to keep getting better. He threw not a single interception and literally only a couple of incompletions all day," said Chinery.

As a result, the Brad-led ProSource team actually dominated the tourney, going unbeaten, with a 4 and 0 record, and earning a spot in the semi-final game. Unfortunately, due to a prior commitment, Brad was unable to continue the onslaught. Luckily for ProSource, Sage Rosenfels had become available from a team that had been eliminated earlier in the day. Sage immediately guided ProSource to a huge win in that critical game, while earning a coveted berth as the top seed in the title contest.

Now, the only thing standing between ProSource and the championship was a 3-time Super Bowl quarterback, a 2-time NFL MVP, and without a doubt, one of the greatest players at his position to ever play the game. In other words, it was time for another Supreme Protein bar!

Only 5 weeks earlier, former champion Kurt Warner had masterfully led his long shot Arizona Cardinals on an explosive 4th quarter comeback and to within 2 minutes of winning his second Super Bowl. Most experts have since noted that if Kurt and the Cardinals had gotten the ball back with a few more seconds, the outcome would have been completely different. Now that Kurt has signed a new contract with the Cards, these same experts also predict a huge 2009 campaign for this amazing team.

Kurt and Brenda discuss the mission of First Things First to a full house.
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Johnson launches one deep for a quick opening score as the tournament begins.
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Brad, Brian, and Sage hanging out at the friday night draft party.
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But there were other fish to fry on this day and Mr. Warner was geared up to lead the Joyce Meyer Ministries team to another title, just as he had done the last three years in a row. He was bound and determined to make it a fourth.

This brings up an important observation. One of the things that became very clear as these games progressed over the day was the burning competitive fire and will to win that Kurt and all the other participating pro players continued to exhibit. Every game was intense and physical. And the title game was no different.

Kurt's passion and proficiency simply proved to be too much as ProSource quickly got down by a couple scores. Just as they were beginning to pull even again, Kurt's team rose to the challenge, thanks to several extraordinary plays by you-know-who, to ensure a solid 42 to 32 victory and a third consecutive Ultimate Football Experience championship.

Congratulations to Kurt, Joyce Meyer Ministries and to all the participants for making the event another huge success.

Even though the ProSource team came up just a little short, despite a valiant effort, they are encouraged and already the team is looking forward to a rematch next year.

"Our first year we finished with a respectable 3 and 2 record. This year we nearly took it all, so we're hoping the third time will be the charm. It's great fun no matter what, but at the end of the day, what really matters most is the event appeared to be a huge success for their foundation and will contribute towards some truly special causes," said Chinery, who also added, "All the credit goes to Brenda and Kurt Warner and their awesome staff for making this wonderful event happen. They are incredibly giving people and we are more than proud to participate and contribute. The day was certainly a memorable one for all of us. And each and every pro athlete was friendly and down-to-earth, and even the amateur competitors treated each other with class."

More About First Things First


The First Things First foundation is comprised of numerous charitable programs that cover a wide array of events and services. All of their projects are inspired by, and centered around the Warner's fervent life theme of putting faith and family first. One of the things that sets their foundation apart from similar organizations is Kurt and Brenda are very hands-on and get personally involved with the programs and the people. For example, they team up every year with Walt Disney World, American Airlines, Dream Factory and Make-A-Wish Foundation to treat children with life-threatening illnesses and their families to a free, week-long vacation at Disney World. The Warner's not only co-sponsor this wonderful program but also personally host the fun-filled trip, spending quality time all day long with both the children and their parents. The families even enjoy luxury accommodations at the non-profit fantasy resort called Give Kids the World, culminating in a poolside party and barbeque complete with Disney characters. You can imagine how wonderful these kids must feel to be treated in such a delightful and loving way.

Some of the Warner's other vital foundation projects include, The Ticket Program, where underprivileged youth receive free First Things First apparel and tickets to Cardinal's home games. Special Olympics PPK, which offers an opportunity for 50 Special Olympics athletes in Phoenix, St. Louis and Kurt's hometown of Cedar Rapids Iowa to learn the basics of football, enjoy meals together and share the day.

Another collaboration the Warner's are intimately involved with is Homes for the Holidays. Working with Aaron Rents, Inc and Homes for the Holidays founder and NFL running back Warrick Dunn, First Things First rewards single parents who have met certain qualifications such as taking classes in home ownership and finance, in addition to actually helping in the construction of the house. These lucky recipients are then awarded the down payment for the new home, furnishings and other amenities, making the dream of home ownership a reality for deserving single parents.




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